18 Jul 2020

Worlds of Music episode 188 features an interview with South African guitarist and composer Derek Gripper

From Worlds of Music, 2:00 pm on 18 July 2020
John Williams & Derek Gripper  Photo Svend  Withfelt

John Williams & Derek Gripper Photo Svend Withfelt Photo: withfelt photography

Episode 188 features an interview with South African guitarist and composer Derek Gripper who has produced some of South Africa’s most extraordinary musical works, focusing on the dazzling polyrhythmic Malian kora compositions  of musicians like Toumani Diabates, and transcribing them , note-for-note and performing them on six-string nylon string guitar. Gripper’s recordings have been applauded by Classical guitar legend John Williams and even Toumani Diabaté himself asked for confirmation that it was indeed just one person playing one guitar. Songlines Magazine described Gripper’s work as ”a staggering achievement”.  Worlds of Music caught up with Derek Gripper while he was playing in Australia March 2020.'

 

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Duo Sabil
"Zabad"
Duo Sabil
Zabad, L'écume Des Nuits
Harmonia Mundi

Las Hermanas Caronni
El cielo (feat. Diana Baroni)
Las Hermanas Caronni
Santa Plástica
Les Grands Fleuves

Derek Gripper
Duga
Seckou Keita
Libraries on Fire
New Cape Records

Flor De Toloache
Let Down
Flor De Toloache
Flor De Toloache
Flor De Toloache

Blick Bassy
Ake
Blick Bassy
Ako
No Format

Yasmin Levy
Hallelujah
Leonard Cohen
Sentir
Entertainment One

Derek Gripper
Kaira (Peace)
Toumani Diabates
One Night on Earth
New Cape Records

Derek Gripper
Chamber Music
Ballake Sissoko & Vincent Segal
One Night on Earth
New Cape Records

Derek Gripper
Koortjie
Derek Gripper
A Year of Swimming 
New Cape Records

Derek Gripper
Tita
Derek Gripper
A Year of Swimming 
New Cape Records

Derek Gripper
Folon
Salif Keita
A Year of Swimming 
New Cape Records

Derek Gripper
Si Naani
Toumani Diabates
Libraries on Fire
New Cape Records

Derek Gripper
Duga
Bassekou Kouyate
One Night on Earth
New Cape Records

Toumani Diabaté And Sidiki Diabaté
Hamadoun Toure
 Toumani Diabaté And Sidiki Diabaté
Toumani And Sidiki
World Circuit